Interview with Milky Puppy and Liz, BBS users, in Toronto, Ontario on May 25, 2002. Subjects covered included early BBS use in Chicago and Toronto, various BBSes run by Milky and their unique themes, the YIP group, BBS Meets, co-sysop and sysop duties, Atari and Macintosh platforms, and points of pride or highlights from BBSes. This interview was conducted towards the beginning of the film cycle, when I had more of a "conversational" style to the interviews, meaning I am a notable percentage of the speaking, discussing various subjects with Milky and Liz in great depth and with some of my own biography. Sadly, Milky passed away in August of 2005 due to cancer, aged 31.
August 7, 2022 Subject:
Great conversation with a good hearted, soft-spoken pair
Interviews like this are so much more meaningful as the person is no longer with us, which will be the case for everyone in all of these interviews eventually, including you Jason.
There is a specific moment when Jason was asking about legacy and M1lky said "well I'm not dead yet" and it made me wonder if he knew about the cancer at this point or if that was an unforeseen shadow on the horizon.
The conversations about these little social groups that are formed at this time are interesting, at the time they were obviously insignificant in the grand scheme of things, 100 or 200 people here or there following a loose philosophy, but those people were the seeds of a future online generation and those seeds in whatever small way grew into the foundation of internet culture today.
Really appreciate Jason making the trip for some more Canadian perspective as a fellow Canuck myself. Looking forward to part two